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"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Birch Tree Watercolour Tape Paintings


Here are some recent birch tree paintings by my Grade 7-9 students. It's such a popular lesson and for good reason!  All students get great results from this lesson and adults love them- they're one of my most commented projects by my colleagues at school.
See the steps HERE  in my original post.

See other versions for younger students HERE.














 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Oil Pastel Birds


For this project, Grade 6 students choose from a variety of birds that I have printed out. I choose birds from our province (Alberta) but you could also choose to do birds of a different country. 


They choose a colour of 9 x 12" construction paper and sketch out the basic shape of the bird. 
I do a demonstration on how to do this. I encourage them to draw big and fill the page- this is a huge challenge for this age group I find. 



Once I approve their drawing they start with oil pastels. I've always used Pentel brand. 


They start using the lightest colours and always black last to prevent any unnecessary 
muddying or smears of black. 



This project took about 3- 40 minute periods or so to complete. 





Some of the finished Grade 6 works:















 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Watercolour Basics- Test Papers


Watercolour is of of my most used mediums in my art room. I love the versatility of them. I ran an intro to watercolour class for my Grade 6 students. I showed them how to make a test sheet with tape that they could use to experiment with a variety of watercolour techniques. There are many Youtube tutorials out there that you can easily show to your class.

Start off by taping some heavy white paper or watercolour paper into different sections. 
We use regular masking tape and just 'lint it' onto our clothing to make it less sticky. 





Some of the techniques we tries were salt, plastic wrap, rubbing alcohol, wax resist, sgraffito, tape resist, rice, blow painting, splatter, gradations, rubber cement resist, flat washes and wet on wet. 


Label each technique used on the tape. Let dry overnight.


Here are some of the results the next day!




















 

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